Ease Your Suffering

If you’ve ever wondered why you suffer in a crisis, you don’t have to look too far for the answer. Breaking down the word Crisis, CR – IS – IS, you will find two “ISes.” That’s right. I said “ISes.

The “First IS” represents “your current reality.”

The “Second IS” represents “the reality you wish it were instead.”

Suffering occurs whenever you want “your current reality” to be different than what it is.

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The next time you find yourself in the middle of a crisis, consider asking yourself the following questions.

“Is this really a crisis?” This question challenges your old paradigms. Don’t underestimate the power of its simplicity.  You may be surprised how often you will answer no.

“Is this my crisis?” This question is a great way to determine whether you’re being influenced and/or assuming responsibility for someone else’s crisis.  If it’s not yours crisis, you can end your suffering and simply offer compassion or assistance.

“Could I want this in my life?” Taking a moment to consider wanting what you initially didn’t want could open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities.

“Could I accept my current reality?” Accepting your current reality is by far the quickest way to end your suffering, allowing yourself to move more effectively through this moment and onto the next.

To paraphrase the Greek philosopher Socrates, while change can be difficult, the unexamined crisis is not worth suffering.

Copyright 2009

Rob Gruber – Present Life Mastery Coach

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6 responses to “Ease Your Suffering

  1. Your thought on suffering is solid. We choose to suffer. Most suffer because they do not accept the now, once we accept, we can then make changes, however when we are resisting, we stay in a mode where we may suffer.

  2. Amigo.
    You have a gift. The gift to remind us who we are not only though your words, also through your presence. Thanks for being in this planet.

  3. Laura,

    That is a great observation! I imagine crying could be easily replaced with the word suffering, if it felt appropriate to do so.

    I would also imagine that crying could be a wonderful way to move through a crisis, if the need arose.

    Thank you for your perspective,
    Rob

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